The Football Leagues most infamous fanbases
The Football League Banning Order Authority has released a list of the most ‘dangerous fanbases.
The Bleacher Report asks the question “But is it a true representation? Does it take into account the number of arrests as a proportion of the clubs’ fanbases? Or even the nature of those arrests?”
5. Leeds United
Infamy spot number five goes to The Service Crew of Leeds United. Despite a long history of violence and a reputation that is now global, their 101 arrests only account for 0.47% of the total 21,572 in attendance.
4. Scunthorpe United
Next comes Scunthorpe United. Although there was only 38 reported arrests last year—and 26 of these were for the arguably less serious an somewhat ambiguous offence of “public disorder”—they also had an average match attendance of 3,464. This means 1.09% of their fanbase on game day has been arrested.
3. Newcastle United
Labelled England’s worst club by the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United only make third on the list. Despite having the most arrests with 175, they also have 50,517 fans in attendance on an average matchday. This means that only 0.35% of the spectators on a matchday have ever been arrested. Famously during a ill-tempered Newcastle-Sunderland game, a fan punched a police horse in the head, when he later sobered up that fan was duly lampooned by the national press.
2. Shrewsbury Town
First and second spot are pretty close, but as both #1 and #2 were involved in a famous fracas last season – they have both been included in the list.
0.45% of the average gate of 5,735 have been arrested. That’s 26 in total. Of those 26 arrests, 20 were for “violent disorder.” A figure of over 75%, a fair percentage of which is from a well-known local group of football hooligans, called the English Border Front.
In the final analysis it is the Midlands club who takes the infamous title, a huge 0.99% of their average gate has been arrested on a match day, not a bad figure from the relatively small crowd of 4,234. During a match between Walsall and Shrewsbury, the latters town was brought to a standstill. The public purse footed the bill for the estimated £60,000 reported damages.